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Aperture is the opening in the diaphragm of a camera lens. For questions relating to Apple's photo management software, please use [apple-aperture] instead.

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What is the limiting factor in lens construction when it comes to f-stop values?

This widely praised Nikon 105mm macro lens has a maximum f-stop value of 2.8. I've held it in my hands, it's a big lens. Meanwhile, this 50mm Nikon lens can go up to f/1.2, despite being 25% cheaper ...
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Technique to manually set aperture and focus for a low light scene during normally lit time of day?

I have a scenario that requires manually setting the aperture and focus on a lens attached to a machine vision camera on an outdoor scene (mirrorless camera with global shutter). I need to manually ...
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What are the advantages of a lens having a fixed maximum aperture?

What are the advantages of a lens having a Fixed Maximum Aperture? Previous answers have indicated that "pros tend to want constant apertures in zoom lenses". While in general lenses with a fixed ...
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Why does my lens refocus when the f-stop is changed?

I have a prime Sigma f1.4 50mm lens on my Nikon D90 in P mode and focus mode on a set point of the field and notice that when I am using a tripod and change the f-stop that the camera changes the ...
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Why can't I adjust the aperture in manual mode on my 5D MkII?

Lately I have been having trouble adjusting my aperture when my 5 d mark 2 is in manual mode. Usually I am able to turn the thick dial at the back of the camera and adjust the aperture. Lately this is ...
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What is aperture, and how does it affect my photographs?

How does aperture affect my photographs? Why should I care about the aperture with which a photo was taken?
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What prevents a f/1.8, 24 mm - 70 mm or similar range zoom lens from being made? [duplicate]

I see that it is common to have professional grade lenses such as 24-70mm lenses made at f/2.8. After using a 50mm/1.8, I was wondering what would prevent a more versatile zoom lens to be made that ...
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What would be a good indoor setup to find a lens's sharpest aperture?

I read the whole of How do you find out the "sweet spot" of a lens? — great question and answer, but it didn't discuss a potential homemade rig for finding the sharpness aperture of my ...
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Why does changing the aperture cause lag in live view and in videos?

On my Canon 70D there's a considerable lag during the change of aperture when pressing the depth of field preview button. This lag also occurs during video recording, which causes the video to halt ...
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How to change aperture in manual mode on an entry-level Nikon SLR?

In manual mode on my Nikon D3200 I cannot change just the f/stop setting. It only changes in relation to the other settings. How can I reproduce settings that I have found in books on photography if I ...
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Why does changing the aperture setting on my Nikon D80 not change the image?

I'm new to photography and just learned about using the aperture to create depth of field. What I'm attempting is to get a close up shot of an object and blur the background. I have tried ...
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Does lens speed still increase meaningfully when the physical aperture is larger than the sensor size?

This question came to me this morning, thinking about 50mm lenses. I have the Pentax 50mm f/1.7 (manual) and it's a very nice lens, but would be considered (relatively) slow on 35mm film, and many ...
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Getting a sharp focus on a 50mm when the subject is at 5m - 10m [duplicate]

I'm a novice photographer with a 450D/XSi. I'm using a 50mm/1.8 prime lens to start out and I noticed that a lot of times my pictures end up not being sharp for stationary scenes. I was mostly using ...
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Why is the sharpness of a lens often determined by aperture?

Related to: How do you find out the "sweet spot" of a lens? I am wondering why most lenses resolve finer detail when stopped down a bit. Further, after the "sweet spot", after stopping ...
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Nikon D3 - Cycling of aperture values

I have a rather trusty Nikon D3, we've been through 180k actuations together. But I have a question, which i'm really hoping i've not been missing all these years. Is there a way to program the body ...
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What's the shutter's relationship with the sensor?

Something I don't understand about compact digital cameras is how their shutters work. On the screen at the back of the camera, a preview is constantly shown. I assume this preview is made by light ...
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How can I further decrease the exposure in a studio environment?

I was trying a few things yesterday involving a studio backdrop which was lit using a grid to provide a gradient effect and a subject about 3ft in front of it, with its own lighting through umbrellas. ...
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Photos imported into Aperture aren't showing up — why not?

I imported about 500 images into Aperture (mostly CR2, but some jpg), and for some reason they're not showing up in my library. If I right click on my library and select "Show Package Contents" and ...
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I want to know about the relationship between focal length and aperture [duplicate]

I have Nikon D7000 and I know the basic relation of shutter speed, aperture, and iso. All I want to know is focal length and aperture relation. As I zoom in the camera the f/stop increases (e.g. it ...
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What are the disadvantages of super-zoom cameras compared to binoculars?

Maybe it is clear from my question that I don't know much about lenses, both on binoculars and super-zoom cameras, for example I don't know how can I compare the light that enters a binocular with a ...
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Anyone know how to save a Photoshop file, naming it from metadata or exifdata?

Thanks for any feedback in advance. I have an action that retrieves an image from Aperture, manipulates it, saves it back to the Aperture library in tiff format, then performs a save for web with an ...
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Will the Sony FDR-AX100 really be better in low light than the Sony FDR-AX33, even though the latter has a faster lens?

I see that Sony FDR-AX100's lens has opens at f/2.8 while Sony FDR-AX33's lens opens at f/1.8 I am often doing photos (Canon 6D) or videos in places where a f/1.8 lens would be a great advantage over ...
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How can I see the photo settings like f-stop, ISO etc. of a image?

I am new to photography and enjoying shooting with my Nikon D3200 camera. Once I take a photo, is there any tool by Nikon or a third party which can give me info like F-stop, ISO, Shutter speed, etc? ...
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What lenses can produce a clean starburst effect?

I have seen several examples of a beautiful lens effect, naturally due to a stopped down aperture, but not like a lens star I have managed to create myself - it is so clean. Here is an example: ...
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How can I fix a Nikon DX 18-135mm with an aperture stuck open?

I am currently on a trip and I brought an 18-135mm lens and a 35mm prime as my two lenses for the trip. When I took my zoom out of my backpack off the plane and put it on my camera, I immediately ...
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what is the camera fstop and lens fstop correlation? [duplicate]

my sigma 50-500mm DG lens has range of f 4.5 - f 6.3, but in my Canon 70D camera I can still set fstop to 22 in manual mode. 1)How these two correlate? 2)Would a f22 setting in camera will have no ...
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How do shutter speed, ISO and aperture work together to control exposure?

When shooting in natural or ambient artificial light (without flash, basically), how do light, shutter speed, ISO and aperture work together to control exposure?
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What is the -5 to +5 scale below the aperture number on the back of my Canon DSLR?

Hello guys, I am completely new on this photography world and honestly I don't have much knowledge about it, but I really want to learn... and read. I've been reading about modes, light, shutter ...
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Why should I use the widest aperture for star photography?

Well, this question may sound dumb to some folks but I am really confused here. I was reading this article about Photographing Stars Using a Kit Lens where author talks about keeping widest aperture ...
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Graininess and lack of detail [duplicate]

Hello fellow lens loving junkies! I have been struggling to get very sharp, non-grainy images. I have a Canon Rebel Eos T3i. Even images at 100 ISO are not as sharp as I would like. Not sure if it is ...
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Do bigger focal lengths capture more light?

I never understood what the f really stands for in the f-stop values, like f/1.8. Wikipedia explains it in various articles, but I still find it very confusing. What I understand, though, is that it ...
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Scrum photo technique

I remember seeing some photos taken of children which had been staged by getting the kids to form a rugby scrum - all in a circle with arms around each others shoulder and leaning in to look at the ...
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What is the effect of changing the Aperture [duplicate]

What is the effect of changing the Aperture on the quality of the image?
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Why change to open-aperture metering when this causes the need to stop-down for old lenses

On my Pentax ME Super with a legacy lens (Pentax SMC 50mm 1.7) my camera meters at all aperture ring settings. Yet, if I transfer this lens to a modern Pentax DSLR, I need to stop down the lens to ...
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Achieving Bokeh using Aperture vs Focus Point [duplicate]

In terms of the bokeh aesthetic, is using a wide aperture the same as using a narrow aperture and focusing on a foreground object? Are there advantages of doing it one way or the other? I took this ...
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Why are fixed-aperture lenses not more popular?

Lenses come in different varieties: zoom and prime, different focal lengths, different zoom ranges, with and without optical stabilization, and so forth. Why don't we have fixed-aperture lenses for ...
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Can a smaller sensor's “crop factor” be used to calculate the exact increase in depth of field?

If APS-C and similar crop-sensor digital cameras have a focal length multiplying effect such that a 50mm lens has an apparent focal length closer to the field of view of an 80mm on a full frame ...
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How can I set the aperture in A mode with a D lens on my Nikon D90?

I use Nikon 35mm f/2d lense on my Nikon D90 but I am unable to change aperture of lens. I have the aperture on the lens set to f22 and locked, I can change aperture with the buttons and the change is ...
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For the same attainable sensitivity, how does DOF depend on sensor size? [duplicate]

It's well known that all other settings being the same, larger sensor translates into a shallower DOF. However, for the same number of pixels, doubling linear size of the sensor size would quadruple ...
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Why doesn't a drastic change in aperture seem to have an effect on this city skyline photo?

I rarely have time to get out from large city, so large buildings are the main theme of my photos. I still wonder if using the Manual mode instead of Auto in my D5100 can give any benefit. I made two ...
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Apertures required to enable autofocus on Rebel T6s/T6i in Live View?

Your article "What apertures are required to enable autofocus, including cross-type or high-precision focusing, on Canon DSLR cameras?" is most useful. Would the new Canon autofocus technology, in the ...
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Which Low light zoom lens with image stabilization for DSLR [closed]

Recently started doing some DSLR videos for a website. For testing purposes I got a t5i with Sigma 50mm 1.4F lens. Most videos are in low-light settings. I've been using a tripod and it's worked ...
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How can the aperture value written in Exif be larger than the nominal limit of the lens?

A photo shot with an 1:1.8 lens contains the following exif data: ApertureValue: 1695994/1000000 MaxApertureValue: 16/10 How is this possible? Both values are <1.8.
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How does physical aperture size relate to f/stop?

There are two lenses on the market I am comparing AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED If I use the formula for calculating apertures of both the lenses I will use ...
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How to change Shutter Speed and Aperture on Canon T2i?

I have a Canon T2i and I am having a hard time figuring out how to change the shutter speed and aperture. I have tried reading the manual but it seems to be a little unclear. Can someone please point ...
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How to remove oil from aperture blades?

If you go on ebay or other second hand places, you'll see a fair amount of lenses that have oil on the aperture (particularly on older lenses). I've done some reading and it looks like this oil is ...
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What is a “diffraction limit”?

I've seen the term used, but what is a "diffraction limit", when should I worry about it, and what undesirable effects are a result of it ?
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Why does the Fujifilm X30 limit shutter speed limit in aperture priority mode?

According to FujiFilm X30 specs: Shutter speed: (Auto mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000* sec. , (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000* sec. * 1/4000sec. at small aperture, 1/1000sec. at full aperture In ...
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How does using a teleconverter affect the aperture of a lens? [duplicate]

I have hear that a teleconverter affects the apperture of a lens. But I don´t know how to calculate it. Is there a formula to calculate how much will a 1.5X or 2X teleconverter affect apperture?
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Why do my photos appear grainy when taken at the widest aperture?

I have a Nikon d5000 and just purchased a Tokina 11-16 lens. I was taking picture of a dog 1-2 meters away during winter at mid day today. Using the aperture priority setting, I set the camera to ISO ...